Monday

Elementary Parent Cue Sept. 24-30


WEEK FOUR:
Bible Story
1 THESSALONIANS 5:11
JOB 2:11-13
SAY THIS:
Friends encourage one another.
What are some ways you can encourage your friends this week?
DO THIS:

MORNING TIME


When you first see your child in the morning tell them, “Rise and shine! Today is a great day to be a great friend!”
REMEMBER THIS:
“A friend loves at all times. They are there to help when trouble comes.”
Proverbs 17:17, NIrV
LIFE APP:  
FRIENDSHIP – Using your words and actions to show others you care
NEWS:
Maker Fun Fest    ~   October 29, 4:00-6:00 pm - 
Try something new this fall and give your kids much more than a sugar rush!  At Maker Fest, families tinker, invent, doodle, and create together!  At each idea-sparking station, they’ll have a blast as they learn how their creative Master Maker made them for a unique purpose.  Kids need encouraging messages of truth and love to shape their identity.  Maker Fest helps them discover they’re God’s masterpiece!  This event is for the whole community and will include games, crafts, food, music, and more!  We also encourage kids to wear their costumes.
From the Parent Cue Blog:

INFLUENTIAL
By Carey Niuewhof


Earlier this week we said that one way to see where your children are heading in life is to look at their friends and the people who influence them. Your closest friends are a preview of the future you.
Now, I totally understand that will cause some of us to worry. Not that we need another reason to worry–many of us hardly have difficulty finding reasons to panic. But read on…help is closer than you think.
If you’re worrying, what do you do? After all, there’s an organic quality to friendship that you just can’t manage. As much as parents love to control things, we can’t really influence who our child likes.
So what can you do to encourage your child to move in a different direction relationally? The younger they are, the more influence you have on their relational circle. But one day our kids will be on their own and 100 percent able to choose who they hang out with. What do you do between the toddler and college years that’s healthy and not overbearing?
Here are a few suggestions:
Have an honest conversation. It’s not unreasonable or overbearing to talk to your kids in their early elementary years (and every few years after that) about the importance of their friends and how they impact the quality and direction of their life.
Create conditionsYou can’t control a child’s every moment as they move into the teen years (nor should you try to), but you can create conditions for healthy relationships. Create stricter limits (tighter curfews and parameters) when the friends they are hanging out with are questionable, and freer permissions when they are with kids who exercise better choices is a fair strategy. It’s probably more important to be generous with the “good” influences than it is to be especially punitive with the questionable influences.

 

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Elementary Parent Cue Sept. 17-23


WEEK THREE:

Bible Story
 JOHN 21:1-17
COLOSSIANS 3:13
BASIC TRUTH:

Friends forgive one another.  I should treat others the way I want to be treated. 
DO THIS:

DRIVE TIME


While in the car ask your child to think of a friend they are having a hard time getting along with right now. Talk about ways you can show them love and encourage them to do it this week! Be sure to follow up so they can share how it went.
REMEMBER THIS:
“A friend loves at all times. They are there to help when trouble comes.”
Proverbs 17:17, NIrV
LIFE APP:  
FRIENDSHIP – Using your words and actions to show others you care

From the Parent Cue Blog:

5 WAYS TO PROVE YOU LOVE YOUR KIDS
By Carey Nieuwhof


There’s an insecurity inside most of us that asks, “But, does he/she really love me?”
It happens when you’re dating.
Sometimes it still haunts you when you’re married.
It follows you into your deep friendships.
And it definitely makes its way into the heart of almost every child. 
I have NO idea where this idea came from, but I remember being ten years old and thinking my parents paid my friends to be my friends. (I know, I know . . . that’s a few more thousand dollars in counseling to figure how I came to believe that . . . but I digress.) 
No, you’ve never had that thought? I’m a lot more secure than I used to be, but let’s be honest, we’ve all wondered whether someone really loved us when in fact, they did. When in fact, they do. 
How does that translate to parenting?
Other than saying, “I love you,”  what communicates to your kids you love them deeply?
Often our words and actions are disconnected. 
So here are five ways you can show your kids you love them without saying, “I love you” over and over again:


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Elementary Parent Cue Sept. 10-16



WEEK TWO:

ROMANS 15:7
Accept One Another
SAY THIS:

Friends accept one another.
DO THIS:

MEAL TIME


Ask a Kid: Who is your most “unlikely” friend? Why do you think you’re friends?
Ask a Parent: Who was your best friend when you were a kid? What did you like to do together?
REMEMBER THIS:
“A friend loves at all times. They are there to help when trouble comes.”
Proverbs 17:17, NIrV
LIFE APP:  
FRIENDSHIP – Using your words and actions to show others you care

From the Parent Cue Blog:

HOLDING THE LINE IN PARENTING
By Terry Scalzitti


One of my favorite movie scenes comes from Braveheart. William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson, is standing with a small army of Scottish warriors staring in the face of a charging English Cavalry. Do you remember the scene? As the horses are charging straight at Wallace and his band of brothers, he yells out one word.  “Hold”. . .”Hold”. . .“HOLD”. . .
You can see the intensity and fear in the eyes of the Scottish troops.  Some of the troops want to break the line and run. . . The battle is too great. . . The situation is too much to handle. But Wallace knows that if they hold this line until the right moment, they will ultimately win the war.
As crazy as it might sound, in some ways this scene reminds me of what it’s like to parent a child who is edging across the line of obedience. While we may not exactly be fighting alongside our children for the future of the Scottish Highlands, we arefighting for the future of our kids.
Training a child in discipline and obedience requires some of what the Scottish army had that day. Here are three things we need to avoid when we are trying to hold the line with our kids:


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Tuesday

Bridge Parent Cue Sept. 3-9


WEEK ONE:

JOHN 13:34 / 1 SAMUEL 20
Love One Another
SAY THIS:

Friends love one another.
DO THIS:

 DRIVE TIME


If we’re going to treat the people we live with in a way that shows we care about them, it’s important we spend time having fun together as a family. This week, ask your student the questions, “What’s something you like doing as a family?” and, “What do you wish we would do more of together?” Then set aside at least one time this month to do one of those things.
REMEMBER THIS:
“A friend loves at all times. They are there to help when trouble comes.”
Proverbs 17:17, NIrV
LIFE APP:  
FRIENDSHIP – Using your words and actions to show others you care

From the Parent Cue Blog:

FIGHT FOR THEIR HEART
By Brooklyn Lindsay


Parents don’t usually post pictures of their kids on the second day of school.
That made me consider taking another set of pictures this year, one at about 6:30 PM every evening on that first week to show a side of our family that we may not be particularly excited to display.
Maybe it sends a more powerful message when we elevate those moments, too. We can show we are fond of them, fighting for them when we aren’t afraid to let the reality of the second day or the third or the twentieth day of school be truly known. I want my kids to know the messier things matter to me, and I’m not just proud of their good days, but proud of them on the days they struggle too.
Both of my kids came home after the first day of school completely happy, excited, and amped to do homework. Strange. But it’s true. It only took a few hours for the hangry-anxious-tension to surface.
Their first day of school photo says, “I’m happy, excited, and put together.”
We post it online like good parents and we affirm that we’re so proud of them for having it all right on the first day.
What they don’t see are the pictures of themselves and other kids with parents saying, “Look how messy life is now that school started and how much I love this kid who was courageous enough to face the things she feared.” I mean, why don’t we take a photo of the pile of papers on our counter and the lost shoe and the one piece of homework that no one in your family can understand, including the dog?


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